Texas Toast!

ImageFriends,

I’m (finally) able to happily announce: I’m moving to Dallas, Texas!  After much time of prayer, and a top secret visit to Dallas in April, it became clear that it was time to move, and time to begin graduate studies at the well-respected Dallas Theological Seminary.

I’m not even sure what to say, it has absolutely been the hand of God making all the details come together, and though the personal and monetary sacrifices are great, I know that he holds each moment in his hands.

To some, it may seem drastic that I would begin grad school, but actually I’ve been (slowly) working on my Master’s degree, while working full time, in bits and pieces over the past three years through Liberty University Online.  (I’m still anxiously awaiting to hear if any of my classes have transferred, but that’s hopefully beside the point.)  God placed a small seed in my heart while I was teaching in Thailand, nearly 4 years ago, that it was something I desired to pursue, and now that dream is happening.

I will be studying Media and Communications, and unlike what some think, I’m not making some huge career change.  I hope to continue doing what I do now, only in a greater capacity, with a more comprehensive understanding of the scriptures and Theology, and of course study more in depth what I do now– Audio/visual presentation, drama, worship, creative writing, and more of the “creative” side of worship ministry.  My heart for music and leading worship has never changed, I’m so grateful for the invaluable time I have spent working at FBC over the past 3 years, and I could never say thank you enough for believing in me, and giving me the experience I treasure greatly.  The difficult days/weeks/etc. only have grown me to be stronger in my walk with the Lord, and have made me more the person I am today.  I suppose this is true and can be said of any life experiences we have.

There is so much more I could say, I know this may come as a shock to some people, and at the same time other people have been shocked that I actually have stayed here for the 3 years I’ve worked at FBC.  It’s all apart of God’s wonderful plan, and I simply want to humbly walk forward in faith.

If you think of me, please pray for me also.  It has been 5 years since I graduated with my undergraduate degree, so it may be a bit of a shock being in school again!  There are also so many small details that need to come together- from where I will be living, to selling all my belongings, to finding a job when I arrive in Dallas.

Thanks everyone- much love.
Meridith

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